What is hidden behind the smile of Mona Lisa?
Who hasn't heard about the famous Mona Lisa or her charming yet mysterious smile? There are so many writers, scientists, painters, psychologists and people of all sort of professions who using their great imagination or coupled with the latest tools of science are giving bold and sometimes even shocking explanations about the origin of that mysterious smile. No doubt each of them is interesting and offers the readers a charming and attractive way of getting a better understanding of Leonardo`s Art , but how far are the researchers ready to go in order to find the truth?
There are ongoing preparations by some scientists to dig the grave of Leonardo in order to take out his skull and make a reconstruction of his face. Similar attempts have been made for the grave of his model .
So far the official researchers have come to various conclusions, some of them quite exotic and certainly bolder than the imagination of Leonardo himself. Between the brightest of them can be included " The naked female back " and Da Vinci`s "Self Portrait" hypotheses. The first of them portrays Mona Lisa`s lips like a hidden image of horizontally positioned naked female back, and the second one goes even further by claiming Mona Lisa is the shaved Leonardo, who portrayed himself at a younger age.
To me this is quite a lot of imagination and rather unacceptable explanations.
There is however another and much more truthful story which came from the other side of the globe by the words of famous and respected clairvoyant woman whose predictions were proven to come true in 90-100 % of the cases- the great Slava Sevrukova. She said that the smile of Mona Lisa is due to partial face nerve paralysis. Leonardo saw her on the road traveling and sitting together with her husband in a horse carriage. He was captured by the beautiful smile of the woman who had it because of the paralyses. The most beautiful part of the story is that he fell in love with her and could not forget her until the rest of his life. He painted the portrait and carried it with him everywhere he went. It was with him when he died too.
Have you heard any other stories which you would like to share?
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